TV TEASER: New Promos For CBS Series ‘Elementary’ And ‘Vegas’

By | Tuesday August 7, 2012 @ 11:00am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

CBS is launching new on-air promos for its upcoming drama series: contemporary Sherlock Holmes reboot Elementary, starring Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu, and sprawling period mob drama Vegas toplined by Dennis Quaid and Michael Chiklis. Elementary takes over the Thursday 10 PM slot from The Mentalist, while Vegas will anchor Tuesday night at 10 PM. Here are first looks at the promos:

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CBS’ ‘Vegas’ Vs. ‘Elementary’ And What Makes A Procedural: TCA

By | Sunday July 29, 2012 @ 3:00pm PDT

Diane Haithman contributes to Deadline’s TV coverage.

Is it a procedural, or is it not a procedural? This question has come up twice at today’s ongoing CBS TCAs: Once in the case of the drama Elementary, the network’s … Read More »

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CBS Keeps ‘Elementary’s “Secrets” But Teases Moriarty: TCA

By | Sunday July 29, 2012 @ 11:46am PDT

Diane Haithman contributes to Deadline’s TV coverage.

At the top of today’s TCA session on the new CBS drama series Elementary — the network’s new take on the Sherlock Holmes legacy with the twist of a female Watson (Lucy Liu) — executive producer Rob Doherty announced that the show’s producers “have a plan” to introduce their own version of Holmes’ criminal nemesis, Professor Moriarty, as well as Sherlock’s father.

Related: CBS’ Nina Tassler Skewers Rivals, Says She’s “Optimistic” About ‘HIMYM’ Renewal

But beyond describing Holmes’ father as “an interesting shadowy figure,” Doherty left the characters a mystery except to say: “We look forward to introducing them as we go,” not specifying a time frame. Later in the session, Doherty said about a new Moriarty: “We want to keep all our secrets. I feel it’s important at the end of the day to be true to the spirit of the character” whom he described in the original books by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle as “a spider at the center of the web of crime in London.”
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CBS Unveils Key Art For Its New Fall Series

By | Sunday July 29, 2012 @ 8:42am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

CBS has released the key art designs for its four new fall series: dramas Elementary, Vegas and Made In Jersey and comedy Partners. The image for Elementary, a contemporary take on the characters of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson set in New York City, features stars Jonny … Read More »

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Comic-Con: ‘Elementary’s Lucy Liu Gets Enthusiastic Support From Crowd

By | Thursday July 12, 2012 @ 7:34pm PDT

Two and a half months before Elementary premieres on CBS, the pilot screened to a packed ballroom here at Comic-Con and it was all about the woman. Lucy Liu to be specific. The actress and her Read More »

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Sarah Timberman & Carl Beverly’s Company Re-Ups WIth CBS TV Studios

By | Monday June 18, 2012 @ 12:05pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Sarah Timberman ElementaryEXCLUSIVE: Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly are staying put at CBS TV Studios. The duo’s Timberman/Beverly Prods has signed a new three-year overall deal with CBS Studios, where they have been since 2010. Like their previous pact, the new one is exclusive in network TV and first-look in cable. Timberman and Beverly landed new series on the air in both years of their first deal with CBS Studios. The company is behind one of this fall’s highest-profile new shows, CBS’ Sherlock Holmes Carl Beverly CBS TV Studiosreboot Elementary, which landed the marquee Thursday 10 PM slot. It is one of three series Timberman/Beverly has on the air alongside FX’s Justified and Showtime’s newly picked up Masters Of Sex, both produced by Sony Pictures TV, where Timberman and Beverly were previously based. Last season, Timberman/Beverly had two freshman series on the CBS schedule, Unforgettable and A Gifted Man. Following the surprise cancellation of Unforgettable, the studios that produced the drama procedural, CBS TV Studios and Sony TV, are currently exploring ways to continue it elsewhere. Read More »

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‘Good Wife’ Writer Corinne Brinkerhoff Inks With CBS Studios, Joins ‘Elementary’

By | Tuesday June 5, 2012 @ 5:42pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Hot young writer Corinne Brinkerhoff has signed a two-tear deal with CBS TV Studios. For the past three years, Brinkerhoff worked on CBS TV Studios’ praised CBS legal drama The Good Wife, which she joined after the pilot, rising to … Read More »

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CBS Releases Trailers For ‘Elementary’, ‘Made In Jersey’, ‘Partners’, ‘Vegas’

By | Friday May 25, 2012 @ 12:03pm PDT

CBS released full trailers today for the network’s new series that were announced last week. Trailers were shown to press covering CBS’ upfront presentations but were not made available for general release until today.

CBS’ Elementary
Produced by CBS Television Studios. From executive producers Rob Doherty, Sarah Timberman, Carl Beverly and Michael Cuesta. Directed by Michael Cuesta (pilot):

CBS’ Made In Jersey
Produced by Sony Pictures Television in association with CBS Television Studios. From executive producers Jamie Tarses, Kevin Falls, Julia Franz and Mark Waters. Written by creator/co-executive producer Dana Calvo (pilot). Directed by Mark Waters (pilot):

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CBS First Look Teasers: 2012-13 New Shows

By | Wednesday May 16, 2012 @ 2:50pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

NOTE: The network will release full trailers of all its shows in the next few days. CBS did provide behind-the-scenes featurettes of the fall-premiering shows, noted below.

Related: CBS’ 2012-13 Schedule: ‘Two & Half Men’ Moves To Thursday, ‘Mentalist’ To Sunday

CBS’ Partners – Comedy
Produced by Warner Bros Television. From executive producers David Kohan and Max Mutchnick. Directed by James Burrows (pilot). Here’s a behind-the-scenes look:

CBS’ Elementary – Drama
Produced by CBS Television Studios. From executive producers Rob Doherty, Sarah Timberman, Carl Beverly and Michael Cuesta. Directed by Michael Cuesta (pilot):

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CBS Update: ‘Rules Of Engagement’ Talks Down To The Wire, ‘Mentalist’ On The Move

By | Tuesday May 15, 2012 @ 3:16pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Rules Of Engagement RenewalThe renewal of CBS‘ long-running sitcom Rules Of Engagement is going down to the wire. Less that 24 hours before CBS’ upfront presentation tomorrow, the network and Rules producer Sony Pictures TV continue to be deep in negotiations on a pickup. The two sides are still going back-and-forth on a number of issues, including the size of a potential seventh-season order, but there appears to be a will on both parts to make it happen. The show needs 13 episodes to get to the 100-episode mark. CBS only ordered two new comedy series for next season, so, as this season proved, having a reliable performer like Rules on the bench could come in handy. Read More »

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PRIMETIME PILOT PANIC: The Early Buzz

Nellie Andreeva

(RE-POSTED FROM FRIDAY): Back by popular demand: Deadline’s Pilot Buzz lists. We’re earlier than normal this year while pilots have generally been late, with only a handful of them having cuts by now and the vast majority still in various stages of production. Therefore, everything on this list has to be taken with a gigantic grain of salt as a lot could change between a table read and a final cut. Take NBC’s comedy pilot SAVE ME for example. After some mixed and even negative chatter early on, mostly related to the tone of the show, originally developed for Showtime, the tide changed completely over the last two days when people saw the completed pilot, which is getting high marks. The list also doesn’t cover every pilot as some of them have not gotten into production yet or feedback has been insufficient:

The network already has one new scripted series on tap for next season, HANNIBAL, which I hear may go for midseason. With the network in such bad shape after years of neglect and bad decisions by previous regimes, NBC seems to have cast a very wide net this season, developing a vast range of projects that are all over the map, making it harder to handicap. On the drama side, mystery MIDNIGHT SUN and the Jekyll & Hyde-esque DO NO HARM are getting some solid early buzz. The Jason Katims/Jason Ritter medical drama COUNTY, which just wrapped, also has been getting positive feedback. Western-esque THE FRONTIER, which is shooting in Australia, is getting notices for its rich look. Comedy-wise, ANIMAL KINGDOM is hot, as is White House family comedy 1600 PENN, despite a last-minute recasting, as well as the Matthew Perry starrer GO ON and Greg Daniels’ FRIDAY NIGHT DINNER. The network also is high on a couple of multi-camera comedies, the untitled KARI LIZER and JIMMY FALLON projects, with TABLE FOR THREE also looking encouraging so far. The Ryan Murphy/Ali Adler blended family comedy THE NEW NORMAL is still shooting but, with the auspices involved, it is considered a strong contender. NBC brass seem to like the SARAH SILVERMAN pilot, which had an early order, but Silverman is considered acquired taste, so a lot will depend on testing.

The KEVIN WILLIAMSON project was very strong at the script stage, got even stronger with the casting of Kevin Bacon and James Purefoy, and seems to be sailing through production. Meanwhile the untitled KARYN USHER teen-spy drama, which also was an early standout during the script phase, then hit a speed bump in casting the lead, which took a very long time, now appears to be in great shape, with newcomer Saxon Sharbino getting strong reviews. The Williamson and Karyn projects seem to be the top drama contenders at the moment, Read More »

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Aidan Quinn To Co-Star In ‘Elementary’, ‘Descendants’ Amara Miller In ’1600 Penn’

By | Wednesday March 7, 2012 @ 6:00pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Aidan Quinn is set to co-star opposite Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu in CBS’ drama pilot Elementary. The project, written by Robert Doherty, is set in present day and stars Miller as eccentric Brit Sherlock Holmes, a former … Read More »

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Lucy Liu To Play Watson In CBS’ Modern Sherlock Holmes Pilot ‘Elementary’

By | Monday February 27, 2012 @ 4:00pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

The name is Watson, Joan Watson. Lucy Liu is set to play Sherlock Holmes’ sidekick in CBS’ drama pilot Elementary, whose tweaks to Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic include switching Watson’s gender to female. The project, … Read More »

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Jonny Lee Miller To Play Sherlock Holmes In CBS Pilot ‘Elementary’

By | Tuesday February 14, 2012 @ 11:18am PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: CBS’s Sherlock Holmes reboot Elementary has solved its first big mystery — who will play the famous detective. Former Eli Stone star Jonny Lee Miller has been tapped as the lead of the project, a modern take on the … Read More »

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Michael Cuesta Signs Overall Deal With CBS Studios, Will Direct CBS Pilot ‘Elementary’

By | Thursday January 26, 2012 @ 5:51pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Hot off directing the pilot for Showtime’s acclaimed new drama series Homeland, which he also executive produces, Michael Cuesta has signed an overall deal with CBS TV Studios. Under the seven-figure pact, which starts immediately and runs through June … Read More »

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CBS Greenlights Legal Drama Pilot, Contemporary ‘Sherlock Holmes’

By | Tuesday January 17, 2012 @ 11:20am PST
Nellie Andreeva

UPDATED: CBS got on the board this morning with its first drama pilot orders this season. Greenlighted are Baby Big Shot, a legal drama written by Dana Calvo (TNT’s Franklin & Bash) and executive produced by Kevin Falls, who will … Read More »

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